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"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) out-sprinted the mighty Katie Compton (Trek) to win Cross Vegas for her first time." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) out-sprinted the mighty Katie Compton (Trek) to win Cross Vegas for her first time." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

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"Catharine Pendrel (Luna) went to the front mid-race and was marked by Compton. She had won the world mountain biking championship for the second time just a week earlier." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

"Catharine Pendrel (Luna) went to the front mid-race and was marked by Compton. She had won the world mountain biking championship for the second time just a week earlier." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

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"Katerina Nash (Luna) led the race on lap two ahead of Compton, Pendrel, and Miller. Nash had been ill after the mountain bike world championships and was not expected to be at her best." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

"Katerina Nash (Luna) led the race on lap two ahead of Compton, Pendrel, and Miller. Nash had been ill after the mountain bike world championships and was not expected to be at her best." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos

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"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) and Helen Wyman chased Compton at the start." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos!

"Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) and Helen Wyman chased Compton at the start." - via Gallery: 2014 CrossVegas - VeloNews.com - click through for more photos!

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The first big USA cyclocross race of the 2014/15 season, and we can watch it live!

Pre-race Show begins 7:45 pm USA Pacific (10:45 Eastern, 3:45am UK; 04:45 Euro CEST; 12:45pm Thursday Aus AEST)

Women’s Elite begins 8:20 pm USA Pacific (11:20pm Eastern, 4:20am UK; 05:20 Euro CEST; 1:20pm Thursday Aus AEST)

Men’s Elite begins 9:30 pm USA Pacific (12:20am Eastern, 5:30am UK; 06:30 Euro CEST; 2:20pm Thursday Aus AEST)

Award Ceremony begins 10:40 pm

More info on the CrossVegas website

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The cyclocross season has started in the USA! And Helen Wyman’s on her piratical trip to steal the Americans’ gold - here’s her first video diary

(Source: vimeo.com)

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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is extremely sad to announce the loss of Dutch mountain bike rider Annefleur Kalvenhaar.

The 20-year-old Focus XC Team rider fell on August 22, 2014, at the cross-country Eliminator qualifying rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Méribel, France. She was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Grenoble CHU, but despite all efforts died this morning.

UCI President Brian Cookson said : “I’m devastated to hear that the cycling family has lost one of its members at such a young age. Our deepest thoughts are with her family and friends”.

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UCI Statement

Tragic news, a reminder of how dangerous cycling can be, and that riders risk so much for our entertainment. Annefleur was the u23 European Cyclocross Champion, a huge talent. My thoughts with her friends, family and loved ones.

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"Vanderkitten Cyclocross (VKCX) returns to racing for the 2014/15 season after a multi-season absence from the CX scene. We are offering a limited quantity of full kits, jerseys, hoodies, and t-shirts to the public that have been custom designed by Vanderkitten to support our racing efforts. These Special Edition pieces will be available by “Pre-Order” only and will start shipping in early September. Proceeds from all funding levels will go directly to the Cyclocross Racing Program to cover expenses such as travel, race entry fees, and equipment. Help CROWD FUND our program and make sure that Vanderkitten continues to promote Women in Action Sports all year long."

Cyclocross Crowd Funding Campaign | Product Categories | Vanderkitten

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Helen Wyman at the Tabor CX World Cup.  I adore Balint Hamvas’ photos

Helen Wyman at the Tabor CX World Cup.  I adore Balint Hamvas’ photos

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It’s Wednesday, so it’s podcast time!  Here’s Dan’s description, as always

Podcast 2014 Episode 25 – Sarah Goes Meta!

Hi team! This week Sarah goes totally meta as we talk Giro Trentino, mountain biking in Valloire, a bunch of rule changes for track and cyclocross and more blogs, videos and rap battles than you can poke a stick at. (The rap battles might be a lie). We also talk a bit about the recent types of innovative footage we’ve seen generated and how we think that can benefit the sport over time. Sarah also comes up with a guaranteed money-making scheme which involves cycling related BDSM… Dan sincerely wishes she hadn’t. It’s a cracking episode and you’re sure to enjoy (or be punished by Mistress Sarah)! As always, don’t forget to check the links, videos and stories below for even more women’s cycling goodness, including trackstands and sly grins! (1:11:29 MIN / 68.63 MB)

For all the links to everything we talked about from the last week in women’s cycling, and a load we didn’t get around to, head over to our blog

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FOR THE LOVE OF MUD” TEASER-2

Teaser for a cyclocross film, including the marvellous Helen Wyman and Katie Compton!

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5.1.048 For all events scheduled on one day, the order of events must be as follows:
1 Men juniors
2 Men under 23
3 Women
4 Men elite
(article introduced on 16.06.14)

This might be my favorite rule of the year. No longer will the women’s field (or any field for that matter) be at the whim of a promoters preference. It seemed many who disliked being required to host a women’s race for a C1 event decided it was often appropriate to schedule the women’s race first, often at 10am. Sometimes this early start time meant officials were not ready to register riders until shortly before the event was due to start. For many who double up their duties helping both genders (this author included) this comes as a welcome change.
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New UCI Cyclocross Rules for 2014/2015 - The ChainStay » The ChainStay

Really interesting analysis of the new rules brought in for cyclocross - have a look

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This week’s women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me.  Dan’s description:

Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

Click through to our blog to find all the links to everything we talked about this time

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Side-by-side of @cyclephotos @cxstats and @dbseaton’s women’s CX prize money list and Het Nieuwsblad’s men’s list. pic.twitter.com/SZ8bFRDt4p— In The Crosshairs (@CXHairs) March 17, 2014